Oil on canvas
171 x 195
State Russian Museum
Alexander Deineka painted this picture following a trip to a mill organised by a Soviet magazine. He was one of the leaders of the Society of Easel Artists, who developed the method of the synthetic reflection of reality. The artist had an uncommonly acute sense of the Zeitgeist, which he captured in his canvases. He masterly arranges the composition from adjacent planes inhabiting different time zones. The rhythms of the looms are united in an ornamental space, while the almost monochrome, silver-white palette lends the picture the precision and sharpness of an artistic statement.
Deineka, Alexander Alexandrovich (1899, Kursk - 1969, Moscow)
Painter, graphic artist, sculptor, poster designer. Helped to decorate streets on Communist holidays. Studied at the Kharkiv School of Art (1914-1918) and the Free/Higher Art and Technical Studios (1920-1925). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1924). Member of the Union of Artists (from 1932). Taught at the Higher Art and Technical Institute (1928–1930), Moscow Institute of Polygraphy (1930–1934), Vasily Surikov Institute of Art (1936, 1946, 1957–1964), Moscow Institute of Applied and Decorative Art (1945–1952) and Moscow Institute of Architecture (1953–1957). Business trips to Italy, France and the USA (1935). Full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1947). Vice President of Academy of Arts of the USSR (1962, 1966). People's Artist of the USSR (1963). Corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the GDR (1964). Hero of Socialist Labour (1969). Awarded the Lenin Prize (1964).